denied that water causes drowning.
According to reports, Maclean was having lunch with Don Cherry on a patio when he became aware of the commotion nearby. Maclean apparently sprinted from the table, jumped over a railing, and headed for the water to join in the rescue efforts. It's an amazing story, and one that makes you wonder what was going through his mind during those furious few moments.
Well, wonder no more. Here's a transcript of his actual thoughts.
- Head pounding... Lungs burning... Everything going black... That's it, I can't take any more of Cherry's stories, I'm going to go help those guys down near the river instead.
- That guy down there was flailing around like crazy, and now he's gone limp. Either a man is drowning, or somebody just lightly brushed up against Daniel Carcillo.
- Note to self: Come up with a terrible drowning-themed pun to close out tomorrow's Coach's Corner.
- Oh well, since I'm already wet, I guess I'll swim down to the Gulf and fix that oil leak.
- Hey, why did the water just rise up and part down the middle ... oh cool, Roy Halladay is here!
- This would be so much easier if Chris Pronger hadn't stolen all the life jackets.
- It will be a nice change to read stories in tomorrow's paper that contain the words "NHL" and "desperately fighting to keep his head above water" but not "Tom Hicks".
- I'll have to remember to thank Maxim Lapierre for those diving lessons.
- This will be the most heroic thing a hockey broadcaster has done since that time a crazed hostage taker listened to Pierre McGuire talk about Mike Richards for 15 seconds and turned the gun on himself.
- Quickly sir, grab onto my eyebrow, I'll arch you to safety!